Health & Wellness Features
CDC urges speed on Zika as House moves to negotiate funding
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. must act more quickly to protect pregnant women from birth defect-causing Zika, a top health official said Thursday even as the House left town for its Memorial Day recess with no visible progress toward a congressional compromise on emergency funding to battle the virus....
Study: Brain scans reveal hidden consciousness in patients
NEW YORK (AP) -- A standard brain scanning technique is showing promise for helping doctors distinguish between patients in a vegetative state and those with hidden signs of consciousness....
WHO: Nearly 960 killed in attacks on hospitals in 2 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday that highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both governments and armed groups....
FDA approves first drug-oozing implant to control addiction
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials on Thursday approved an innovative new option for Americans struggling with addiction to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a time....
UN health agency gets OK for revamp of emergency response
GENEVA (AP) -- Stung by failures in its response to Ebola, the World Health Organization is revamping how it responds to emergencies to become nimbler, more reactive and more operational in "one of the most profound transformations" ever at the U.N. health agency....
South Carolina Governor signs 20-week abortion ban
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Wednesday that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks beyond fertilization....
VA restored benefits to 4,200 veterans wrongly declared dead
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida congressman says the Veterans Administration cut off the benefits of more 4,200 people nationwide after they were wrongly declared dead....
Bird flu reappears in Cameroon, killing thousands of birds
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- Cameroon's government says that the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus has reappeared in Cameroon after an 8-year absence....
Researchers slowly homing in on risk of Zika birth defect
NEW YORK (AP) -- As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects?...
AGs: Pelvic mesh implants caused dire complications
SEATTLE (AP) -- Dawna Hankins was scheduled to have a partial hysterectomy in 2008 when her doctor suggested implanting a vaginal mesh device at the same time to deal with minor incontinence....
Missouri U.S. Senator Republican Roy Blunt called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald's resignation saying "Dismissing wait times when veterans can often wait months for an appointment is negligent and a clear sign that new leadership is needed" Secretary McDonald compared wait times at VA health care sites to hours people wait for rides at Disney amusement parks. GOP lawmakers and veterans' service groups slammed his remarks as insulting and inappropriate.
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